IASLT are delighted to publish a new position statement today to support our members. This is a 'Position statement regarding the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Speech and Language Therapists performing aerosol generating procedures as part of dysphagia management of individuals with COVID-19 (positive, suspected or non-COVID)'. (See Document Attached).
The IASLT holds the position that clinical dysphagia assessment is an Aerosol Generating Procedure (AGP). Full risk assessment and identification of required levels of PPE should apply whilst conducting clinical dysphagia assessments with all individuals who present with COVID-19 (positive, suspected or non-COVID).
Current HSE Guidance for AGPs in the management of COVID-19 does not acknowledge clinical dysphagia assessments as an AGP.
IASLT are currently reviewing our COVID-19 Guidance (version 3 updated 28th April 2020) and we hope to make this available to members shortly.